Test SpecificationsApplication

CPSN Eligibility

At the time a nurse applies to sit for the certification exam, applicants must:


What to know when applying

1 Follow the directions in the application.
2 Once completed, send your application, supporting documentation and payment by US mail to C-NET (Center for Nursing Education and Testing)
3 For confirmation of receipt or to follow up on status of application, please contact C-NET at (201) 214-9083 or info@cnetnurse.com.
4 C-NET will contact you via US mail two weeks prior to the exam stating your eligibility for the exam.
5 Two weeks prior to the exam, C-NET will mail you a permit with the date, time, and location for the exam. You may not take the exam without this permit. This permit will arrive via US mail.
6 After taking the exam, you will receive your results 4-6 weeks later via US mail.
7 Recertification is done every 3 years. You must meet all eligibility requirements in order to recertify.


2019 Exam Dates

The dates and information provided below are for information only.
For information regarding specific test sites, locations and times, please go directly to the C-NET website, where full details are available. The PSNCB uses the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) for our certification examinations and their team has the most up to date information on examination dates, locations and times.
Location Exam Date Application Deadline Application Late Fee Deadline*
ISPAN Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
September 23, 2019 July 29, 2019 August 12, 2019
Cross National Locations October 19, 2019 August 23, 2019 September 6, 2019
You may submit your application beginning February 1, 2019.
*Add $25 late fee to application


Certification Examination & Other Fees

$195 ISPAN members (membership must be current)
$295 Non-members
$25 Nonrefundable Application Fee
$20 Returned Check Fee